China unveils state-of-the-art maglev train prototype designed to travel at 620km/h
Chinese engineers presented a prototype of an experimental Qingdao magnetic levitation train, which is capable of traveling at a speed of 600 km / h and will compete with passenger planes in travel time.
According to the developers, powerful electromagnets keep the presented Maglev at a distance of a thumb from the rail, which ensures a quiet and smooth ride at high speeds, close to those of an air flight. The body of the new train consists of ultra-light and high-strength materials..
Engineers had to solve complex physical problems associated with high speed, productivity and efficiency. It took a team of specialists from over 30 enterprises, universities and research institutes three years to create Qingdao.
The developers say that Maglev will eliminate the advantage of aviation over ground transport at a distance of 1,500 km. The flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours, including preparation time, and Qingdao will get there in 3 hours..
Initially, full-scale testing was planned to begin in 2020, but the presentation of the prototype may change the further schedule. Mass production of new trains should begin in 2021. At the same time, the high-speed transport network will be expanded to the whole of China, since the economic feasibility of operation is strongly influenced by economies of scale.
The researchers also said that a magnetic levitation vehicle is already in development, moving in a vacuum tube, which will be able to reach speeds of 1000 km / h..
Recall that in February, India announced plans to create the fastest in the world of the transport system of cargo transportation based on the project of a high-speed vacuum train.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Weibo